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How to play music on your Apple Watch without your iPhone

If you want to play music on Apple Watch without iPhone, there are 2 options:

1. play music stored on Apple Watch,

2. stream music from music services like Apple Music if you’re a subscriber.

The second option is simple ,just install and run the music streaming app, such as Deezer, Musixmatch, TuneIn Radio, but you will need a subscription.

Besides streaming music, you can also play your own music on Apple Watch, as long as you have synced them to your Apple Watch first.

Step 1: Sync a playlist

You can sync music , podcasts , or audiobooks from your iPhone to your Apple Watch . Then you can play the content on your watch without your iPhone nearby, even if your watch is not connected to Wi-Fi or cellular .

  1. Set your Apple Watch on its charger and make sure that it is charging . Make sure that your iPhone is within range of your watch.
  2. On your iPhone, go to Settings > Bluetooth. Make sure that Bluetooth is turned on.
  3. On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app, then tap the My Watch tab.
  4. Scroll to Music and tap it, then tap Add Music.
  5. Find the music that you want to sync. Tap the add button next to the music that you want. If you can't add specific albums or playlists, try downloading them to your iPhone before you sync with your watch.

Step 2: Connect Apple Watch to Bluetooth headphones or speakers

Follow the instructions that came with the headphones or speakers to put them in discovery mode. When the Bluetooth device is ready, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch, then tap Bluetooth.
  2. Tap the device when it appears.

You can also tap the AirPlay button on the play screens of the Audiobooks, Music, Now Playing, Podcasts, and Radio apps to open the Bluetooth setting.

Step 3: Let the music play

With your playlist synced and your headphones paired, open the Music app on your Apple Watch, turn the Digital Crown to scroll through album artwork, then tap a playlist or album to play it.

Play spotify music on Apple Watch without your iPhone

Although the Spotify for Apple Watch app has been released for 2 years, it still doesn't support streaming and offline playback. Actually it can only control the music playback on your iPhone. However, if you can sync Spotify music to Apple Watch like other songs, you can then play Spotify music on Apple Watch without your iPhone.

How to sync Spotify music to Apple Watch ? First, you need to download them to DRM-free mp3 format. Yes, Spotify songs you downloaded with premium account are DRM-protected and can't be synced to Apple Watch. To download Spotify music to mp3 with either free or premium account, all you need is Ondesoft Spotify Music Converter , which is available on Mac and Windows. It's an excellent Spotify music downloader and converter, which is able to strip DRM from Spotify music and convert Spotify to MP3 , M4A, FLAC or WAV with 100% original quality.

Follow the detailed tutorial as below to learn how to download Spotify music to mp3 and sync to Apple Watch.

Part 1 Download Spotify music to MP3

Step 1: Add Spotify music you want to download

Download, install and run Ondesoft Spotify Converter. Please make sure you have installed Spotify app on your computer.

Option 1 Drag&drop songs, albums or playlists you want to download from Spotify app to the Ondesoft Spotify Converter interface.

spotify to USB converter

spotify to USB converter

Option 2: Click the Add Files button, copy and paste the Spotify song/album/playlist link to the bottom area, then click the Add button.

drag&drop spotify songs

copy spotify album link

(Right click the song/album/playlist name and then choose Share - Copy Song/Album/Playlist Link)

Step 2 : Choose output formats

The default output format is mp3. You can also click the Options button to choose other output format(MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC, OGG or AIFF), bitrate and samplerate.

spotify song format

Step 3: Start downloading and converting Spotify music

When finish the above settings, click the Convert button to start the conversion.

record Spotify music

After the conversion, click below folder icon to locate the DRM-free Spotify songs.

sync Spotify music to apple watch

Part 2 Add converted Spotify music to iTunes library

Add the converted Spotify songs to your iTunes library and then create a playlist for them. Turn on iCloud Music Library and your entire iTunes library will also appear on your iPhone.

add Spotify music to apple watch

Part 3 Sync Spotify music to your Apple Watch

Add the converted Spotify songs to your Apple Watch by syncing them. After you sync, you can play the Spotify music on your Apple Watch without your iPhone.

1. Set your Apple Watch on its charger and make sure that the device is charging.
2. On your iPhone, go to Settings > Bluetooth. Make sure that Bluetooth is turned on.
3. On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app, then tap the My Watch tab.
4. Tap Music > Add Add Music.
5. Choose the music that you want to sync.

sync spotify music to apple watch

Part 4 Offline play Spotify music on Apple Watch

Once the converted Spotify playlist has synced to your Apple Watch and your headphones are paired with your watch, you can listen to the playlist on your Apple Watch without your iPhone.

1. On your Apple Watch, open the Music app.
2. Tap the Apple Watch icon to set it as the music source.
3. Tap Playlists.
4. At the top you’ll see, On My Apple Watch. Select the playlist, press play and your music will begin!

Check other free music apps for Apple Watch .

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